Strange but True – not fake news for Sept. 13, 2017


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Monkey see. Monkey sue. Monkey settle. Attorneys representing a macaque monkey have agreed to a compromise in a case where they had asserted that the animal owned the copyright to selfies it shot with a photographer’s camera. The lawyers, who are from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, say the photographer has agreed to donate 25 percent of any future revenue from the images to charities dedicated to protecting crested macaques in Indonesia. Attorneys for PETA and the photographer, David Slater, asked the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss the case and throw out a lower-court decision that said animals cannot own copyrights.


BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A University of California police officer’s decision to confiscate a street vendor’s money for selling hot dogs without a permit has sparked an outcry. Video of Saturday’s incident outside of a football game on a Berkeley sidewalk led to an online fundraising campaign for the vendor. That campaign has already raised more than $36,000. In the clip, a bystander questions the officer’s decision to confiscate the man’s money. The officer says the vendor is operating without a permit. U.C. Police says the officer took $60 that the vendor was suspected of having earned illegally and booked the money into evidence.


SEATTLE (AP) — Nordstrom is opening up a store that doesn’t have any inventory. The luxury department store chain says its Nordstrom Local concept store that’s due to open in L.A. next month will be staffed with personal stylists who can order merchandise for customers. Nordstrom says customers can also buy online inside the store or pick up online orders the same day. The store will offer tailoring and manicure services. And it’s pretty small — size-wise– just 3,000 square feet compared to the average 140,000-square-foot size of a full Nordstrom store.


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Lauren Durham had a poofy white dress and plans for an intimate beach wedding on the second weekend of September. Instead she got married in fatigues, with no makeup, in a vast hangar filled with rescue vehicles and paramedics just hours before she would rush into a hurricane to try to save her fellow Floridians. She and her fiance — both in the Air National Guard– were deployed indefinitely to assist with the rescue. Some friends said “Hey, why don’t you guys get married during the hurricane?” So they did. Dozens of people set up folding chairs. A few found tuxedo T-shirts to wear. Someone came up with a bouquet of orange flowers. Their best friend in the Guard happens to be a notary and officiated. And Durham said it was OK not to have a cake. She said the military MREs have Skittles in them.”


LAS VEGAS — Nevada is considering imposing restrictions on reptile collectors after figures show nearly a half-million creatures have been removed from the desert state in the past 30 years. So far the state is weighing recommendations that include a blanket ban of reptile collection, or limiting commercial collection based on species, breeding season and geography. Some say putting restrictions on collections can hurt their livelihoods. One man says he earns about $30,000 a year gathering up the creatures. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports there are fewer than 10 collectors statewide in Nevada, and state permits to collect are given to people, not companies. But there reportedly isn’t anything to keep a large company exploiting the system by hiring dozens of individual people to do the collecting.

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